Ten Sovereigns enters Australian quarantine
July Cup winner Ten Sovereigns has made it to quarantine to fly to Australia for a possible tilt at The Everest.
NEWMARKET, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Ryan Moore riding Ten Sovereigns (C) win The Darley July Cup Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse on July 13, 2019 in Newmarket, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
2019 July Cup winner Ten Sovereigns has made his was into quarantine to embark on an Australian Everest adventure next month.
Coolmore Australia own one slot in the $14 million feature and will likely be choosing their star European sprinter to compete in the six furlong event.
Coolmore boss Tom Magnier told Sky Sports Radio that the track will need to be firm for him to take his spot in the race and there are other options if he is not able to run.
“He’s going into quarantine but we haven’t locked away our slot yet,’’ Magnier said.
Last year Coolmore brought US Navy Flag, the winner of the 2018 July Cup but unfavourable ground halted his chances before they began.
Magnier will not be making the same mistake again this year.
“If Randwick got good ground he’d be very competitive, he’s very fast,’’ he said.
“There’s other races we could look at as well, we wouldn’t rule out him not running in something else.
“Aidan does understand we have to make a decision sooner rather than later.’’
Ten Sovereign's may also be targeting Melbourne this Spring if the Everest assault is abandoned. Races such as the Manikato Stakes and VRC Sprint are all suitable targets for the European Group One winner.
Coolmore's other potential runner in the Everest could be three-year-old colt Yes Yes Yes who they purchased a share in before the running of the Golden Slipper.
The Chris Waller-trained colt will make his return this week in the Group Two Run To The Rose.